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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Cotoneaster progression.

I came across these photos of this Cotoneaster that I lifted from the garden about four years ago and realized how much it has changed.

Above is how it was when first lifted.

After it's first styling.

How it looks now, quite a change.
This is one of  the benefits of taking photos, as when you see the trees every day you do not see how much they are changing..

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

More winter photos.

Here are a couple of winter images of some of my Maples.


Bog-wood accent. 

Something different from the norm.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Natter night 27th Jan 2014.

A very enjoyable night once again with six visitors turning up to have a good natter and work on trees. Needless to say the subject of the Noelanders Trophy was not long in coming to be the main topic of the night, it sounds like I missed something really special last weekend. I have seen some of the demos on line, but it is not the same as first hand viewing.
Back to tonight's gathering and some more photos  that I have been trying out with new backdrop's and lighting.

Lights on.

Lights off.
I must try to filter the lights a little as I think they are a bit to bright.
This is one of Sue's nice Shohin Elms before she gave it a clip out.

This is it after.

Another of Sue's, this time a Zelkova.

A very quick and entertaining night once more, I really look forward to Monday nights and think we should have more of them in the week, as one is never enough.

Thank you once again for looking in to my blog.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Better backdrop.

I have been playing around with the camera again trying a new backdrop.

Squamata Juniper.




Procumbens Juniper.

With the lights and backdrop I think the photos are getting better.

Monday, 20 January 2014

No natter night 20th Jan 2014.

As I had another appointment tonight I had to cancel my normal natter night, but I did manage to finish my Procumbens Juniper for now.

To get a darker backdrop I took the photo outside with the flash.

Lighting test.

I am just trying out a new lighting system for my trees.

Without lights.

With new lights.

I will try a darker back ground to absorb some of the light and eliminate shadows.

Already an improvement in detail.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Too soon.

I cannot believe what I am seeing at the moment, buds actually bursting on a Larch in the middle of January.
You don't believe me, look for yourself.

Not just one or two but buds swelling all over the tree.

This could be due to being in the warm car for a couple of days last weekend on my trip to Scotland.

Whatever has caused this to happen I will have to be careful and keep an eye on the weather to make sure it does not get nipped by a hard frost.

My Kiyohimi Maple is also showing signs of  buds starting to swell.

The Dawn Redwood as well.

Mild Winter or signs of an early Spring, you decide.

Friday, 17 January 2014

A little bit more.

I have been doing a little more work on my Procumbens Juniper today, a bit of wiring and a bit of clipping out.
The results.

This is how it started.

After a slight trim.

After today's work.

The apex still needs to be done, but it is starting to look a lot better.

More soon.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Procumbens Juniper.

I have been doing a little more with my new Procumbens Juniper today, it is in a newish pot just a little bit smaller than the original one and has had a little light pruning.
The tree as it was.

The tree at the moment.

It needs to be wired and branches placed.

But I think there is a big improvement already,
I will post updates throughout the growing season.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Natter night 13th Jan 2014.

It was a good job I cleaned up the workshop today as it was quite full tonight, with ten visitors and me it was a bit cramped.We still managed to have a really good natter and plenty tea and coffee, there was also some work done on trees.

Dave R come back with this nice Larch, which had not had any work done for about eight years Dave reckons. I think it is about ready for some now.

Dave and Boxie got stuck into it wiring and pruning but the time ran out all to soon.

A change of angle and new front view makes a big difference to the image.

Still quite a bit of wiring to do but it will get there.
Maybe in Spring Dave will do a repot.
Now a new addition to my collection, a Procumbens Juniper,about Kifu or Chuhin size.

All I have done is to clean up around the Nebari to see what was there.

Looking better already.

Just to show how packed the workshop was.
Nice to see Sue even though it was a short visit due to illness.

Sasha does not like cameras.

Boxie and Dave busy in the back ground.

There will not be a natter night next week as I have a prior engagement that night.
This does not mean I will not be posting as usual, because I will be doing something no doubt.

I need my fix of this drug called BONSAI.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Sunday in Scotland.

I have just returned from my weekend in Scotland and today was just as good as yesterday. My day started with a run up to see Peter Thorn at Irving and have a look at his trees.After yet another cup of tea we looked at a choice of stand for the two trees he took to the display day in Ayr.

These were the ones chosen.

My next call was to see Jeff B in Ayr.

This nice Hemlock growing very well will look even better when it gets it's new pot in Spring.

A few more of Jeff's trees.

The next stop was Mr Burn's birth place.

Now inside the display Hall.
The photos can do the talking in this section.

Robert went around the hall doing a critique of the trees and stands.
Here you see him doing my display, he even managed to say some nice things about it.

Thanks Robert.

This weekend up in Bonnie Scotland has been one of the best I have had in a long time.
The welcome and hospitality was second to none.

To quote a well known actor, I will be back.